I loved every page of this book and wanted it to go on beyond the start of the second world war. He writes very well and it moves with a speed and comprehension that defies the topics and areas the book covers. Great historical document without some of the drum banging that goes on about Jews being displaced, in this instance the shock of his quiet approach leaves you wondering what he had seen that was too mundane to mention.
Anther aspect to this book is the deep friendships he had prior to Hitler and how few he had after. It felt as if this aspect was the hardest for him to accept, the loss of everything else seemed minor compared to his love of friendship. Of course he talks mainly about the loss of culture and freedom that the 1st world war ushered in and the rise of the nazi party on the back of that, threatening to totally destroy the European concept of Art and Culture.
Amazing that a writer of his ability should be almost forgotten. Reminds me of Knut Hamsun who was forgotten for being on Hitler's side as opposed to Stefan Zweig who's books were destroyed by being in Hitler's way.
Stephan Zweig lived an amazing life. He met most of the intellectual elite of the early 20th Century. His vision of what War will bring to the World was crystal clear. I miss more information about his personal life. Little or nothing about his wives, or children. I think I got to know him with the help of this book, but there are many missing links.